Legislature(2001 - 2002)

02/08/2001 10:47 AM RLS

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                     ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                   
                      SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                                                                  
                         February 8, 2001                                                                                       
                            10:47 a.m.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator John Cowdery, Vice Chair                                                                                                
Senator Randy Phillips                                                                                                          
Senator Gene Therriault                                                                                                         
Senator Johnny Ellis                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Drue Pearce, Chair                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 9                                                                                                   
Relating to the development and deployment of the National Missile                                                              
Defense System.                                                                                                                 
     APPROVED SJR 9 FOR CALENDARING                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SJR 12(TITLE AM)                                                                                                                
Urging the United States Congress to amend the tax code to                                                                      
eliminate the marriage penalty.                                                                                                 
     APPROVED SJR 12 FOR CALENDARING                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 2                                                                                              
Relating to declaring March 2001 as Sobriety Awareness Month.                                                                   
     APPROVED SCR 2 FOR CALENDARING                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SJR 9 - See State Affairs minutes dated 2/6/01.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SJR 12 - See State Affairs minutes dated 2/6/01.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SCR 2 - See HESS minutes dated 1/29/01.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Paul Roetman                                                                                                                    
Staff to Senator Leman                                                                                                          
Alaska State Capitol                                                                                                            
Juneau, AK  99801-1182                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions about SJR 9                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
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VICE-CHAIR  COWDERY called  the Senate  Rules  Committee meeting  to                                                          
order  at 10:47 a.m.  Present  were Senators  Phillips, Therriault,                                                             
Ellis and Cowdery.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
VICE-CHAIR COWDERY announced  SJR  9-NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM                                                          
to be up for consideration.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS asked if  the national missile defense system proposal                                                            
has been proven to work.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. PAUL  ROETMAN, staff  to Senator Leman,  sponsor of SJR  9, said                                                            
there is a design  for a national missile defense  system but it has                                                            
not  been deployed  and  is  not yet  operational.   The  system  as                                                            
designed may  change.  SJR 9 shows  general support for the  concept                                                            
that all 50 states  should be protected from ballistic  missiles; it                                                            
does not endorse a specific system.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS  noted that  Alaska favors  a land-based system  while                                                            
President Bush  favors a sea-based system.  He asked  if SJR 9 makes                                                            
a value judgment about either system.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. ROETMAN said it does not.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  PHILLIPS  moved   to  calendar  SJR  9.    There  being  no                                                            
objection, VICE-CHAIR COWDERY noted the motion carried.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
The next order of business  to come before the committee was SJR 12-                                                          
ELIMINATE  MARRIAGE  TAX  PENALTY.   There  being  no  questions  or                                                          
discussion,  SENATOR PHILLIPS  moved  to calendar  SJR 12.   Without                                                            
objection, the motion carried.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
The committee took up SCR   2-SOBRIETY AWARENESS MONTH.  There being                                                          
no questions or  discussion, SENATOR PHILLIPS moved  to calendar SCR
2.  Without objection the motion carried.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business to come before the committee, VICE-                                                             
CHAIR COWDERY adjourned the meeting at 10:50 a.m.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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